How to Save All Word Documents to the Desktop Automatically


By default Microsoft Word saves your Word documents to your "My Documents" folder. You can manually select your desktop as the save location, but it may be easier to have Word save your documents there automatically by changing the default save location. Additionally, you can set Word's AutoRecover feature to automatically save a backup of your Word document on the desktop without having to tell Word to save anything at all. This allows you to easily find your backups should Word unexpectedly crash.

  • Click the top left "Office" button in Microsoft Word and select "Word Options" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  • Click the "Save" tab on the left hand pane.

  • Click "Browse" next to the field labeled "Default file location," click "Desktop" on the left hand pane of the navigation window, and click "OK." This changes your default save location to the desktop.

  • Check "Save AutoRecover information every" and enter the number of minutes Word should wait between backups. This makes Word automatically save a backup of all Word documents.

  • Click "Browse" after the field labeled "AutoRecover file location," click "Desktop" from the left hand pane, and click "OK." This sets the desktop as the automatic backup location.

  • Click "OK" at the bottom of the Word Options window to save changes.

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